IMGT 2400 Intro to Information Management

This course focuses on the role of information systems in managing organizations to make them more competitive and efficient. Specific topics include organizational and technical foundations of information systems and building and managing systems. (3 lect.)


3 credits

Transfer Status

Equivalent to UW.

Major Topics

  • Personnel and Knowledge Workers
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Security, Privacy, and Crime
  • E-Commerce
  • Databases
  • Emerging Trends in Technology
  • Ethics
  • Strategic Use of IT and System Types
  • IT Architecture and Infrastructure


In order to successfully complete this course, the student will:

1. Identify the three components of management information systems (MIS).

2. Describe how information is a key resource and how information differs from data.

3. Describe both personal and organizational dimensions of information.

4. Explain why people are the most important organizational resource.

5. Define workers’ information and technology literacy challenges.

6. Discuss the impacts information technology can and will have on your life.

7. Describe the role of a technical and non-technical user of information. (Explain Changing titles.)

8. Identify the steps in the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) and associated activities.

9. Describe current system development methodologies.

10. Describe available options for systems development.

11. Explain the role of prototyping in systems development.

12. Define decision support systems, list its components, and identify the types of applications.

13. Identify types of IT decisions.

14. Discuss IT impact on decision making.

15. Compare the different types of intelligent agents and explain how they are used for modeling.

16. Analyze the role of management in protecting people and information within an organization.

17. Identify the vulnerabilities of hardware, software and data within an organization.

18. Describe how risk assessment and management should be used to protect hardware, software and data within an organization.

19. Define and describe the major models of e-commerce, e-business, and e-government.

20. Describe the emerging role of the e-marketplace and its impact on business.

21. Create a list of the differences and similarities among customers and their perceived value of products and services in B2B and B2C and compare to traditional brick and mortar business practices.

22. Compare and contrast the marketing mix for B2B, B2C, and traditional brick and mortar customers.

23. Summarize the financial issues of global e-commerce.

24. Identify security concerns of e-commerce and e-business and develop possible solutions or remedies.

25. Analyze the impact of the e-government models on society.

26. Describe business intelligence (knowledge about the organization, your customers, your competitors, etc.) and its role in an organization.

27. Describe how specific types of databases (GIS, personnel, payroll, etc.) can support major business processes in an organization.

28. Differentiate between databases and data warehouses with respect to their focus on online transaction processing and online analytical processing.

29. Differentiate between data warehousing and data mining.

30. List and describe the key characteristics of a relational database, including tables, logical structure, primary and foreign keys, relations, entity, attributes, and integrity constraints.

31. Define the major types of data-mining tools in a data warehouse environment (Query-and-reporting tools, intelligent agents, Multidimensional analysis (MDA) tools, Statistical tools).

32. List key considerations in information ownership in an organization.

33. Describe the emerging trends and technologies that will have an impact on the changing Internet.

34. Define the various types of technologies that are emerging as we move toward physiological interaction with technology.

35. Describe technological innovations and trends that will increase portability and mobility.

36. Describe the emerging trends of cell phones and RFID as they relate to the wireless environment.

37. Identify and explain the business value of innovations, technologies, and trends.

38. Define Ethics and describe how it relates to Information Management.

39. Contrast the differences between legal and ethical issues in Information Management

40. Review at least one model for making ethical decisions

41. Define and describe intellectual property, copyright, Fair Use Doctrine, and pirated software

42. Describe the challenges of global business in regards to ethics

43. Describe the forces that produce a competitive advantage and how business intelligence (BI) systems support a company’s strategy.

44. Analyze how IT systems can help managers to create, enhance or differentiate products and services and how IT systems might reduce the cost of the products and services. Describe the types of systems that would support that effort.

45. Analyze how IT systems can help an organization attract and retain customers. Describe the types of systems (CRM) that would support that effort.

46. Analyze how IT systems can help an organization work with suppliers to meet the goals and objectives of both companies. Describe the types of systems (SCM) that would support that effort.

47. Analyze how IT systems can help an organization to raise the barriers to market entry to ward off competition or to help establish alliances with competitors. Describe the types of systems (ICEs) that would support that effort.

48. Define an enterprise system.

49. Describe an enterprise resource planning ERP system

50. List the key traits that an IT infrastructure should exhibit.

51. Describe the differences among the four types of IT infrastructures

52. Explain the difference between backup and recovery.

53. State the purpose of a disaster recovery plan.

54. Explain the need for system integration.

55. Analyze Data Sets with Pivot Tables, Filtering Functions, and Conditional Formatting.

56. Utilize Nested Functions.

57. Create User Defined Functions.

58. Analyze Data Using Graphs.

59. Demonstrate Derivation of Common Business Measures.

60. Demonstrate "Appropriate" Use of Data Set Items.

61. Create a Table from Design Specifications and Populate with Data Based on Referential Integrity.

62. Create Relationships Utilizing Foreign Keys and primary Key(s).

63. Perform Query by Example.

64. Demonstrate the Ability to Create a Multiple Page Website with Navigation and Manage Multiple File Types (Excel, graphics) using Industry Accepted Standards.

65. Explain Business and Ethical Uses of "Personal" Sites (myspace, etc.) and Blogging.

66. Demonstrate Utilization of Presentation Software Packages.

67. Identify the requirements for an Internet connection.

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